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JJ Watt Will Pay For Funerals of Shooting Victims

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Football star J.J. Watt is known for his generosity and his willingness to help those in need. He proved this in 2017 after Hurricane Harvey destroyed much of his surronding area. He vowed to help people get back on their feet by raising $200,000 but quickly surpassed that initial amount 185 times over, raising $37 million instead.

Watt has once again shown why he is one of the most caring people you will ever meet. After the tragedy of the Santa Fe High School shooting, Watt has vowed to pay for all the victim’s funerals.

Ten people were killed and ten more were injured after a 17-year-old stormed the high school during first period armed with his father’s pistol and shotgun. During a press conference, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting: “One of the most heinous attacks that we’ve ever seen in the history of Texas schools.”

Following the shooting, Watt took to social media where he wrote two words: “Absolutely horrific.” According to ESPN, Watt has already offered to pay for the funeral costs of all the victims.

The Houston Texans, the team Watt plays defensive end for, expressed their condolences in a statement. “On behalf of the Texans organization, we are saddened by the tragic events at Sante Fe High School this morning and extend our thoughts and heartfelt condolences to the victims, their families and all those affected. We are grateful for the brave first responders, law enforcement officials and medical personnel. The Texans family will continue to pray for our neighbors.”

The Houston Astro’s Manager A.J. Hinch spoke to reporters after the game about school shootings where he said he “doesn’t want to offer any more condolences” and that the string of senseless shootings “makes me angry.”

In 2017, Watt was awarded the Walter Payton Man of the Year, a award given out yearly to those who give back the their community.

The 2018 season hasn’t even started yet, and it seems he may already be the frontrunner for the award once again — even though he doesn’t do any of this for awards.